“My name is… Dracula. Quit laughing, hoomin!”
(It is the bumblebee bat, and it is quite endangered. It may be the smallest mammal in the world.)
Grandma always said, “You’re never too old to learn something new.” I had never before heard of this creature, so I went to Wikipedia for more info. Thanks for opening the door, TG.!
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Boiled right down to ones and zeros, balls on a brass monkey, bats are as much a canary in the coalmine as bees. No one seems to know what’s going on with the white-nose fungus affecting most N American bats, but generally the problem is insecticides: 1) killing the bugs they need to eat (mosquitoes) and 2) it kills them too. Donna wants a couple bat-boxes put up but … I’ve designed some, have the materials, and they’re readily enough purchased on the Internet, I just don’t want to bring them here to die. They’re best chance of surviving is way off in the woods somewhere.
Bats are pretty amazing critters.
There was an exhibit at a zoo (I want to say the Portland Zoo) I went to a few years ago, and you could see inside a bat cave (da-da-da-da!) as they were hanging on the ceiling and weirdly playing. Hugely social animals, and it cured me of my unfounded fear of them.
It’s adorable, and yet another example of our dangerous shortsightedness to our flora/fauna/environment.
I have written about apopo rats, which are trained in war-torn countries to sniff out buried land mines, thereby saving lives and limbs. Kinda changed the way I view these hero rodents.
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Not much comment from me. This little guy is too cute to disrupt the post with a shrewish comment.
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